COUNCIL BACKS BUDGET TO BUILD ON STANLEY SUCCESS

THE AMBITIONS, concerns and passions of people in Stanley are placed at the heart of the 2020/21 budget, agreed this week [21 January] by the Town Council.

Councillors threw their weight behind the 2020/21 Budget, which includes a plan to carry out the most thorough consultation exercise ever carried out in the town and its surrounding areas.

“Three years ago, we made a pledge to the people of Stanley that their views would be listened to and acted upon,” said Council Leader, Les Timbey. “What we want to do now is take that even further – we want to engage with them directly and learn not only what we can deliver for them as a Town Council, but what changes people want to see beyond our remit.

“We want to know about their ambitions for the town, what makes residents concerned, we want their views about their children’s education, how care is provided…we want to create a Stanley Knowledge Bank and leverage the collective weight of the Council, councillors and officers to become agents for positive change, building on the success we have had over the last three years.”

Investment has been made available for a series of regeneration projects in and around Stanley, all of which will be included in a “Stanley Masterplan”, providing a blueprint for regeneration and development across the area.

Extra provision has also been made available for the voluntary sector, which is increasingly relied upon to bolster public service or, in some extreme cases, replace ones cut from public sector budgets.

The Town Council has also pledged to bring a Pantomime back to the Civic Hall in 2020, and has recruited a professional production team to stage the popular Christmas curtain raiser.

Among other projects approved is continued support for the popular “Play in the Park” events for children and parents during the summer holidays, Stanley’s spectacular annual fireworks extravaganza and continued investment in the community wardens and environmental caretakers service.

The Council is also continuing with the Stanley Fund, that has delivered thousands of pounds of grant support to Stanley groups and organisations, since it launched last year.

Cllr Timbey explained how the new budget was once again designed to protect the most vulnerable, enhance the town’s offer, but most of all put Stanley residents at the heart of decision-making.

“Every pound and penny we spend is done so with the sole intention of making things better for our residents, communities and businesses,” said Cllr Timbey.

“We keep getting told by Government that its cruel and unrelenting austerity measures are over, but they are still being felt in Stanley and across County Durham.

“This Budget shows that Stanley Town Council will continue to back projects that have a significant impact on the lives of people in the Stanley area. Our focus remains on enhancing the environment, improving safety, supporting community projects and, once again, asking people what they want to see in Stanley and working with our partners to make sure the projects are delivered.”

The Council has been forced to increase its precept by 2.99% from the 2019/20 Budget to keep in step with inflation.

“Any rise in taxation is not something we take lightly,” added Cllr Timbey, “but we are confident what is a relatively small increase will deliver huge benefits for the community”

Deputy Leader, Cllr Mark Davinson, said: “I am proud of what this Council has achieved over the past three years and I wholeheartedly believe this Budget empowers us to build on the progress we’ve already made.

“While great strides have been made in public engagement, we expect the forthcoming consultation exercise to once again deliver some real key priorities for us to act upon.”

Full Council Agenda & Papers Uploaded 21st January 2020

The Agenda and background papers for next Tuesday’s Full Council Meeting are linked below. The January meeting is the one where the Council is required to set it’s budget and precept (Council tax) for 2020/21.

The Council will also be considering the proposal to stage a Pantomime in the Civic Hall for 2020.

The meeting will be held in the Civic Hall on Tuesday 21st January at 6.30 pm.  All Council meetings are open to the public and the public are encouraged to attend.

‘-Full Council Agenda 21st January 2020

Jan 2020 Combined Papers

Agenda for Finance Committee 15th October 2019 Uploaded

The Agenda for Finance Committee is linked below. The primary business for the Committee this month is to review the recommendations of the Events & Civic Hall working groups and to consider the first estimates for next year’s Council budgets.

All meetings of STC are open to the public. The meeting will be held at 6.30pm at the Civic Hall

‘-Finance and General Purposes Agenda 15th October 2019

Background Papers Finance October 2019

Agenda & Papers Full Council 24th September 2019

The Agenda and background papers for next week’s meeting of Stanley Town Council are linked below.

The meeting will be held at the Civic Hall, Front Street at 6.30pm on Tuesday 24th September.

‘-Full Council Agenda 24th September 2019

Combined Papers Sept 19

The Council will also be holding a Planning Committee Meeting prior to the Full Council Meeting at 6pm. The meeting is being held to consider the single issue of the application which has been submitted in respect of the Former Greenland School in South Moor.

‘-Planning Agenda 24th September 2019

Combined Background Papers Planning 24-9-19

Notice of Conclusion of Audit 2018/19 Accounts

In accordance with the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015, the Council is required to publish a n notice informing electors that the final audited accounts for the year 2018/19 have been published and how they can be inspected if required by the public.

The Notice of Conclusion of Audit can be accessed HERE

The Annual Governance & Accounting Statement can be accessed HERE

PERIOD FOR THE EXERCISE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS ACCOUNTS FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2019

Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014

Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/234)

 

Stanley Town Council’s Annual Return needs to be reviewed by an external auditor appointed by Public Sector Audit Appointments Ltd. Any person interested has the right to inspect the accounting records for the financial year to which the audit relates and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts and other documents relating to those records or documents.

 

These documents for Stanley Town Council are to be made available on reasonable notice by application between the hours of 9.30am and 4.00pm on Mondays to Fridays (excluding public holidays) commencing on Wednesday 12 June 2019 and ending on Tuesday 23 July 2019.

If you wish to view them then please contact Stanley Town Council’s representative:

Mr A Shaw, Town Clerk

Civic Hall

Front St, Stanley

Co Durham, DL9 0NA

Tel: (01207) 299109

Local Electors and their representatives have rights to question the auditor about the accounts and object to the accounts or any item in them. Written notice of an objection must first be given to the auditor and a copy sent to the Town Council.   The auditor can be contacted at the address below for this purpose during the inspection period which commences on 12 June 2019 and ends on 23 July 2019

The Council’s annual return is subject to review by the appointed auditor under the provisions of the local Audit and Accountability Act 2014, the Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 and the NAO’s Code of Audit Practice.

The appointed auditor of Stanley Town Council is: Mazars, Salvus house, Aykley Heads, Durham, DH1 5TS Tel: (0191)  383 6348

This announcement is made by Alan Shaw, Town Clerk 10th June 2019

Copy of Annual return is linked below:

Governance & Accounting Statements 2018/19

Annual Council Meeting 28th May 2019 – Papers Uploaded

The Annual Meeting of Council will be held next Tuesday, 28th May 2019, at 6.30 pm in the Civic Hall.

The Annual Meeting will see a new Town Mayor elected and will perform important functions in reviewing the Council’s governance documents, determining Committee membership and approving the Council’s annual accounts.

‘AGM Agenda 2019

AGM 2019 Reports

Prior to the AGM, at 6pm there will be a meeting of the Planning Committee to enable the Council to take a view on a proposed development of 260 dwellings between Beamish Rise and No Place.

Planning Agenda 28-05-19

Stanley Community Fund Open for applications

The Town Council took the decision to use its grant funding budget to establish a community fund in partnership with other local funders 1n 2019. The partners include the Stanley Area Action Partnership, Police & Crime Commissioner Ron Hogg and local MP Kevan Jones. 

Applications for funding from the Stanley Community Fund can be between £2,000 and £10,000. A total of £120,000 in funding will be awarded in 2019/20.

Applications will be assessed in a rolling 3 month application window, with the first awards due to be made in June 2019.

The fund is open for applications NOW. For more information and to apply, please visit the County Durham Community Foundation’s webpage HERE

The Town Council’s own Strategic Fund is also open for applications for small grants of between £250 – £2000. Find out how to apply on our grants page

Stanley Strategic Fund open for Applications!

The Town Council’s new strategic grants fund has been established to provide small cash grants to local community groups, sports clubs and organisations to help them cover their running costs or deliver specific projects. The first application window will open on the 1st April and is open to all relevant groups in the Stanley parish area. For full details and to get an application form, check our Grants page.

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 22nd March 2019

The Annual Meeting of electors will take place next Friday, 22nd March 2019 at the Venue, Tyne Road, Stanley. There will be tea and coffee served from 6pm for a 6.30 pm start. The Council will be launching the new Stanley Community Fund at the meeting, which is a new source of grant funding to support local groups and organisations which will provide £100,000 of support for local community organisations in the year from April. The fund is a true partnership and will see every pound invested by the Town Council matched from contributions from other funders, including Kevan Jones MP who will be speaking at the launch. All local community groups who rely on grant funding or would like financial support should come to the meeting to get full details of how and where to apply for funding. The Council will also give an overview of the work it has done in the last year and our plans for next year.